19 July 2012, London. A cheque hand-in ceremony was held by the Guild of Bangladeshi Restaurateurs on 18 July 2012 in Birmingham, where £1350 was donated towards the Vision Bangladesh project to eradicate cataract blindness within the Sylhet division by 2013. The event was attended by Walsall’s Deputy Mayor Mohammed Nazir, the Executive Committee of the Staffordshire region and prominent local business leaders.
Pictured (from left to right) Dilu Mia, Abdul Gafur, Farooq Uddin, Abdul Shahid, Mohammed Nazir (Deputy Mayor of Walsall), Tanha Habib (BRAC UK), Imam Uddin (President of the Guild of Bangladesh Restaurateurs), Sadiq Miah, Suruk Miah and Mostaffa Juboraj.
Deputy Mayor Mohammed Nazir expressed his appreciation for the “brilliant work” that BRAC is doing to alleviate cataract blindness in Sylhet Division. This was echoed by Imam Uddin, President of the guild, Staffordshire region:
“It gives me great pleasure in commending BRAC for their commitment and efforts in helping disadvantaged people around the world in restoring their affected sight.”
Mr. Imam Uddin also commended the innovative idea of adding a voluntary donation as part of the ‘£1 on the Bill’ campaign, enabling customers to join in the fun of fundraising for a good cause. The guild was pleased to find that many customers donated more than £1 once they were told of the benefits of their donation.
Cataract blindness is very common in Bangladesh, with 80% of cases being preventable and curable. Due to a lack of health resources and financial constraints a majority of these patients, many of whom are from impoverished backgrounds, cannot afford to have their sight restored. This is where Vision Bangladesh, a joint venture between BRAC and Sightsavers, is making a massive difference.